No, Tylenol Does Not Cause Autism

That’s not what the research says: there is no conclusive evidence proving a causal link Popular media always gets it wrong I was avoiding writing about this because I did not want to lend validity to the ridiculousness of these recent claims that Tylenol causes Autism. Having recently been solicited by Autism Moms (TM), asking me toContinue reading “No, Tylenol Does Not Cause Autism”

Time Blindness Explained

ADHD, Autism, and Executive Dysfunction What is time blindness? Time blindness is difficulty recognizing or estimating the amount of time which has passed. It can also cause difficulty estimating how long it will take to complete a task. Time blindness can happen as a result of executive functioning challenges causing difficulty with planning and organization.Continue reading “Time Blindness Explained”

Autistic Mirroring, Masking, & “Unstable Personality”

Yet another ‘ah-ha’ moment for me. One of my most popular pieces is I Was Masking For So Long, I Lost Myself. That story begins with the following quote: “She doesn’t have her own personality, she just acts like whoever she’s with.” An observant, but cruel bully said this about me, I think I was aboutContinue reading “Autistic Mirroring, Masking, & “Unstable Personality””

Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges for Adults

How partners, employers, and loved ones can support people with executive functioning difficulties Executive functions Neurodivergent folks struggle with executive functions (EF). There are roughly five categories of EFs, and each person will struggle in different areas. In this article, I will provide concrete examples of how each EF might look at home or atContinue reading “Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges for Adults”

When Autistic Inertia Impedes

Inertia: What it is and what we can do to overcome it What is Autistic inertia? Similar to ADHD Paralysis, Autistic inertia arises from executive functioning (EF) difficulties which can cause us to become both physically and mentally “stuck”; unable to move forward, start something new, or to switch to something different. This can be owing, inContinue reading “When Autistic Inertia Impedes”

3 Key Similarities Between Autism & BPD

Why Autistic women tend to be misdiagnosed with personality disorders Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is described as “a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships.” I’veContinue reading “3 Key Similarities Between Autism & BPD”

The Most Searched Autism-Related Terms In 2022

The seven most frequently searched terms related to Autism Happy Holidays! As 2022 is nearing an end, I look back over the year and see what people have been searching and wanting to learn about in relation to ADHD and Autism. I shared a list of the top 6 ADHD searches in October for ADHD AwarenessContinue reading “The Most Searched Autism-Related Terms In 2022”

Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance

Is the PDA Autism profile helpful, or does it further pathologize Autistics? PDA vs RDA PDA stands for Pathological Demand Avoidance, whereas RDA stands for Rational Demand Avoidance. I’ll explain what each means and why one approach may be more beneficial and accurate than the other. The two key features of PDA are: This extreme avoidance extendsContinue reading “Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance”

Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history associated with ABA, and highlights legal issues with the ABA industry. JustContinue reading “More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA”